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Arthur Darvill’s Reddit AMA – On Doctor Who, Porn and Marmite

Arthur Darvill may have found his spotlight when he became a part of Doctor Who, but everybody’s favorite centurion has been very successful in numerous projects since then. One of his most recent is Captcha a film noir spy thriller set in the 1940’s. More than that, it takes place in a steampunk universe and set in the city of London with subtle scifi elements to it.

Written, directed and edited by Edward Tracy (Fonejacker & Facejacker), the indie short is making waves and is looking to raise funds to produce a feature-length version. Head over to We Are Colony to watch the trailer and purchase some of the extras to help these good people see their vision come to the big screen.  Also, click here for our coverage of Captcha and to watch the trailer.

For now, however, here are some selections from their recent Reddit AMA. Since the lion’s share of questions went to Darvill, as did the wackiest questions, the Q&A selections focus on him. With apologies to Mr. Tracy, we now present snippets of the Reddit AMA.  If you want to read the entire AMA, simply CLICK HERE, but read on for highlights first.

 

Did it ever bug you that Rory had an amazingly frequent habit of ‘dying’ and getting better? Did you ever say to the writers ‘oh no not again’?

Often. Too too often

 

I read that Reverend Paul Coates was a part written with you in mind. How did you feel upon learning this?

Totally honoured. I am a massive fan of Chris’s and have always said i would do ANYTHING that he writes. It was very humbling

 

How does it feel to go from a Time Lord’s companion to a time master (Legends of Tomorrow) in your own right, and what’s the most exciting prospect of entering the wide world of DC comics?

I’m very excited to be entering that world! I think the shows they’ve got already are really good and the scale of this one is gonna be huge. I’m not really allowed to talk very much about it but… the little details I do know are really exciting and its definitely a new challenge and a new type of character for me to explore.

 

What was it like being in Doctor Who? What episode, from your time on it, was your favorite episode of Doctor Who? What are your hobbies outside of acting?

Bonkers, exciting and unexpected.  The Pandorica Opens/Big Bang – Eleventh Hour.  Arts and crafts – music – burning things

 

 

Did you get to keep any mementos from Doctor Who, such as parts of your centurion costume?

I stole some bits off the TARDIS.  A magnifying glass and a phone. Don’t tell anyone, its my pension.

 

Is it difficult going out on public with such a bitchin’ mustache knowing that it/you could make people pregnant by just being in their presence?

Yes. The Captcha screening was its first public outing and to be honest – people wouldn’t leave me alone. I’ve been doing a lot of porn recently so it seemed fitting.

 

If you showed up in a Doctor Who porn parody, just standing in the background or reading a few lines, it would really appeal to multiple fandoms. It would also be hysterical. Uh…I mean, I assume there is a Doctor Who porn parody. I’ve never seen it or anything…I…uh…read about it…yeah.

It’s called Doctor Screw.  Seriously,

 

Arthur, what’s your go-to sandwich?

I’m trying to do an international hotel survey of room service club sandwiches- the verdict is out at the moment – I’ll let you know. If I’m at home – a cold chicken, stuffing, lettuce, brown bread and Marmite sandwich is the best. Hands down.

 

What is your favourite part of your job?

The money.  No – it’s the challenge of being someone else and the variety. I never know where I’m going to be from week to week. I also get to work with the most amazing people.

 

What is your favorite Rory scene?

When Rory Kinnear played Iago.

 

When you took the part of Rory, did anybody warn you before you signed the contract about us crazy fans? If so, what were you told?

I did get warned, but I think Doctor Who and sci-fi in general appeals to quite an intelligent audience with a sense of humour, so everyone I’ve met has been lovely – totally bonkers but lovely. I mean – really, really bonkers.

 

May I ask why you have the name Ratty Burvil for this AMA?

No idea.

 

How hot, actually, is Amy Pond?

37 degrees Celsius.

 

What is the strangest thing that ever happened to you at a convention?

A guy proposed to his girlfriend during a photo session with me. The photographer carried on taking photos with me standing awkwardly in between them. Both of them in tears – me with my thumbs up. They invited me to the wedding.

 

Are you going?

Yes. I’ll be in the cake.

 

What’s your favourite balloon animal to make?

A tortoise!

 

Who would win in a fight, Rip Hunter or Rory Williams?

Rip Hunter knows martial arts. Rory Williams is the nicest guy in the universe. I’m a strong believer in kill them with kindness – I’m not sure if that works against a kick in the nuts.

 

Since you’re part of the CW DC universe now, will you be singing any karaoke with The Flash?

Oh, I hope so.

 

What are your thoughts on Peter Capaldi’s portrayal as the Doctor?

He is such a brilliant actor – I have only seen bits, but he is brilliant.  Also, Jenna is amazing, I love watching her in anything.

 

How did you get the role in Legends of Tomorrow?

I have no idea. They sent me a load of comics of a guy who looks nothing like me and I said I’d do it. I’m very, VERY excited about it.

 

If you were an animal most representative of your personality what would you be and why?

A dog. I’m very needy.

 

Where’s your favourite place in London?

A wet bench at the back of a gallery.

 

Do you think Rip Hunter and The Doctor would be good friends?

I don’t think so. I don’t think Rip has many friends – neither does the Doctor.

 

Do you think Rory will ever make his way back to the Doctor Who universe?

Thank you – we (myself and Karen) said we would never go back – the end had to be a definitive end. But never say never. But never. But maybe.

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